Bryant, Lynwood S(ilvester) 1908–2005

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BRYANT, Lynwood S(ilvester) 1908–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born December 8, 1908, in Keene, NH; died March 16, 2005, in East Sandwich, NH (one source says Center Sandwich, NH). Bryant was a professor emeritus of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was also a former director of MIT Press. A graduate of Harvard University, where he earned an A.B. in 1929 and an A.M. in 1938, he taught at the Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts, for a time before joining the MIT faculty in 1937. Beginning as an instructor, he rose to full professor of history and remained at the Institute until his 1975 retirement. Though he was considered a knowledgeable generalist, Bryant had a special interest in the history of the development of automobile, diesel, and heat engines, about which he wrote in Volume Three of A History of Industrial Power in the United States, 1780–1930: The Transmission of Power (1991); he also contributed articles on engine history to such magazines as Scientific American and was an early member of the Society for the History of Technology. After retiring from MIT, Bryant remained active as a senior resident scholar at the Hagley Foundation for two years. He was also passionate about the theater, participating in a local acting troupe, the Sandwich Players.



Boston Globe, March 19, 2005.

Chronicle of Higher Education, April 29, 2005, p. A80.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Web site, (March 30, 2005).

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